As a kid, I was freaked out by this game which existed long before Ouija boards were known in my part of the world. At least in my hometown. We used to summon the spirits with coins and homemade boards. But we didn’t get very far since no one was ever serious enough to carry it through before someone started laughing and ruined the atmosphere. There was always the accusation of someone pushing the coin or did we actually make contact?
This is my take on the game as I reimagine it from a different perspective, making it spiral deeper into the dark side of the human psyche. Some of the nightmares described here are real. The strange fish in the pool, the intestinal door, and the house of many secret rooms. The museum of bad taxidermy is what you can see in the Taiping museum. Most of the taxidermied animals have been around since I was a kid and most of them have already cracked and are coming apart at the seams, literally. And they are held together by the kind of restoration which will give you nightmares or inspire you to write horror stories.
One of my all time favorite psychological thriller mysteries is a 2003 movie which partly inspired this psychological horror story. If you are a movie buff you will know which movie I am talking about after reading this twisted tale. If you haven’t seen it, go watch it.